In One Week | Gaming with Baby

A lot can happen In One Weeka weekly article focusing on what gaming things interested or caught my attention in the past week. I will report on what happened in my world of gaming and give you a snapshot of what excited me in the gaming realm at large. How many games are you playing In One Week?

Please note there may be disruptions in the weekly schedules for In One Week and Cutting Words as I become a first-time parent. Thank you for your patience and understanding–and send all your comments to Alex!

What happened in gaming this week?

Where did my money go this week?

What are my gaming highlights this week?

  • I received another “Wizard’s Apprentice” Dungeon Master Quest Reward this week when G ran Bane of the Tradeways for the Monday night group. It was a great challenge to juggle to many elements, but it was really fun to play. Check out his thoughts on the experience.
  • I require a thesaurus for new ways to say how “good” or “excellent” things are–especially when it comes to podcasts. My podcast debt grows, but I listened to Down with D&D–last week’s and the previous one–and it really made me happy. Aside from the topic of children and gaming, the sheer impact and magnitude in which D&D has affected people’s lives is so encouraging and powerful. Go listen, it is important.
  • Dragon Talk interviewed Ethan Gilsdorf about his TEDx talk. The theme of this week seemed to be the impact of D&D on the entire world. I believe–as many do–that D&D and gaming in general have an immensely positive impact on people’s lives. When good people have good things then they have great accomplishments. It all starts with D&D.
  • While waiting, I spent more time reading Savage Rifts this week. Also, trying to collect images and convert weapons from the original into Savage Worlds.
  • I apologize to everyone waiting for Cutting Words every week as my recent schedule has not allowed good time for an up-to-spec review of Misdirected Mark, but please tune in Tuesday for an occasional Cutting Words review and the #Chatroom4Life at 8:45 PM! I will do my best to put up a few Out of Context Theatre quotes on Tuesday!

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • I started reading the Player’s Handbook to my newborn daughter on Thursday while spending some outdoor time together. I am not sure she is really getting much rules mastery yet, but she can lift her head and can probably toss a d20 pretty far–attention span could use a little work too. So what will the future gaming hold for her…? Probably Dragonlance and maybe Rifts after that. In all semi-seriousness though, I have heard many people talk about D&D as a generational game and I cannot wait to see that happen. No to belabor the point… but my daughter was born July 27, 2016 to loving parents and excited family and friends.

What was your gaming week like? 

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In One Week | Waiting

A lot can happen In One Weeka weekly article focusing on what gaming things interested or caught my attention in the past week. I will report on what happened in my world of gaming and give you a snapshot of what excited me in the gaming realm at large. How many games are you playing In One Week?

Please note there may be disruptions in the weekly schedules for In One Week and Cutting Words as I become a first-time parent. Thank you for your patience and understanding–and send all your comments to Alex!

What happened in gaming this week?

Where did my money go this week?

What are my gaming highlights this week?

  • The first level of system mastery is to understand how characters work, so much time this week was dedicated to making Savage Rifts characters. Every time you re-iterate, you learn something. It does not substitute for actually playing, but understanding the theory is possible at the moment.
  • If you have not listened to Jim McClure and Senda playing Reflections– you probably need to go back and listen to TTT, SAS Geek, and some Misdirected Mark to understand all the inside jokes–then you are missing out. Stop reading, go listen, then come back. No no, really… I’ll wait here…
  • I was looking very much forward to hearing Sean and Brett’s take on character imprisonment this week. It is a very common trope in movies and TV, but nearly always a failure in roleplaying games. I like how they went back to player agency and had some great workarounds.
  • Down with D&D needs to repackage the show as “D&D for the next generation”. Great insights!
  • It was great to hear Tobie on TTT this week. The interview has been a long time coming, and as always, Jim handled it brilliantly. It was also interesting to listen to in light of getting to know Tobie better in the past few weeks. I am happy that they are working on Reflections together as well. Definitely do not miss the interview!
  • As part of waiting–see below–we recorded an episode of Advantage to Insight in advance. I think we are honing in on that feel and groove for a smooth show and comfortable banter for the hosts. Thanks to the people who are actively responding and commenting–Chris Shorb and Space Rhino. Our next episode in August will be about actual play. Listen then for more details!
  • As always, I won’t go into Misdirected Mark here, but please tune in Tuesday for a Cutting Words review and the #Chatroom4Life at 8:45 PM!

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • Waiting is no fun. Waiting for work, waiting on people, waiting for a response, waiting rooms, waiting in line… waiting for something or someone to arrive. It is so difficult to wait, knowing you should be doing something else, but have no choice but to wait. We wait for our Kickstarter rewards to arrive, we wait for the next game session, we wait for news about the newest toy or movie, we wait for Amazon to ship… I am waiting for my daughter. I cannot wait to show her all the cool stuff in the world–games, toys, movies, comics, sports, fun–but she is keeping us waiting. For now.

What was your gaming week like? 

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In One Week | Rifts, Really?

A lot can happen In One Weeka weekly article focusing on what gaming things interested or caught my attention in the past week. I will report on what happened in my world of gaming and give you a snapshot of what excited me in the gaming realm at large. How many games are you playing In One Week?

Please note there may be disruptions in the weekly schedules for In One Week and Cutting Words as I become a first-time parent. Thank you for your patience and understanding–and send all your comments to Alex!

What happened in gaming this week?

Where did my money go this week?

What are my gaming highlights this week?

  • In preparation for the baby, my wife was off work this week. That really threw off my own schedule as well, as I work from home half the time. Also, I had a medical day on Tuesday, so adjustments and tests and procedures and very uncomfortable sleep.
  • Great podcasts this week. I have been waiting to hear from Mark Diaz Truman, and Jim McClure really delivered a great in-depth look at the man behind so many games and the business mind behind the success of 7th Sea. The man has some really great insights. Emily and Senda played a very interesting game this week. I am actually not sure what the objective of the game is–except to make Senda giggle. For amusement factor, they should have selected spam emails for each other to use. I am also really impressed with the quality of Dragon Talk the past few episodes. The content is great, the special “lore” segment is really interesting, and hearing from the President of Wizards of the Coast had a real impact.
  • Want to know something impressive about Gaming and BS? For the past two episodes, Sean and Brett have dispensed really great, entertaining, and amusing advice about subjects gleaned from Dungeon World–and I do not think either of them has played or run the game! That is the quality of this podcast–and the entire network of brother and sister podcasts we find ourselves a part of. Bravo gentlemen!
  • Really proud of G for running his first game as a Dungeon Master. While our Tyranny of Dragons campaign is on July hiatus, he picked up the reigns and ran a fun D&D Adventurers League one-shot. I also played at Heroes World on Sunday, it was nice to play and <redacted>. I have spent most of season 4 running or organizing games, not much opportunity to play.
  • Misdirected Mark is nominated for an ENnie! Visionary is supporting our brother site and podcast network, so please remember that voting is open NOW. I could not be more excited and happy for them! As always, I won’t go into Misdirected Mark here, but please tune in Tuesday for a Cutting Words review and the #Chatroom4Life at 8:45 PM!

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • Wow! I spent an inordinate amount of time preparing and reading Savage Rifts this week. The Savage Rifts Game Master’s Guide was released to Kickstarter backers, just in time for a one-shot I am running for my Monday group. I threw myself back into the 50-something Rifts books by Palladium Books, immersing myself back into that world. I believe that in order for me to run a good game, I need both setting and system mastery. I have never run or even played Savage Worlds before–and let’s not get into playing Rifts–so the game on Monday will stretch my abilities. But it is Rifts. I am breaking a 26 year Rifts gaming drought. I am breaking the sigma and joke of owning a game that is unplayable. I am breaking open the books and actually using the material. I am breaking the curse. Wish me luck…!

What was your gaming week like? 

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In One Week | Nominated

A lot can happen In One Weeka weekly article focusing on what gaming things interested or caught my attention in the past week. I will report on what happened in my world of gaming and give you a snapshot of what excited me in the gaming realm at large. How many games are you playing In One Week?

Please note there may be disruptions in the weekly schedules for In One Week and Cutting Words as I become a first-time parent. Thank you for your patience and understanding–and send all your comments to Alex!

What happened in gaming this week?

Where did my money go this week?

What are my gaming highlights this week?

  • Podcast DEBT! I feel like I am taking on too many podcasts and vidcasts, but I am committed to listening to each one and giving it the attention it deserves. I did catch Jim‘s interview with John Arcadian though, that was a really great talk–as always! He also announced his new Kickstarter for Reflections. If you have read this blog for a while, you know I am friends with Tobie Abad of A Single Moment, which Reflections is an adaptation of. I am happy that Jim and Tobie were able to work out something to get the games off the ground and we will bring you more information about Reflections when it launches!
  • I spend a lot of time this week reading Savage Worlds and Savage Rifts. No, seriously, a LOT of time. I went back through a ton of Rifts books, immersing myself back in the setting and feel. I also had to learn the Savage Worlds system so I could understand and create a character. System mastery does not come without time and learning! I am nearly finished making a character, but without playing, I might be completely off.
  • I put some thought into starting a gaming company this week… not to make games, but to run games. I am already the coordinator of a gaming organization that does this, but can it be monetarily feasible…? More thoughts, more thoughts…

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • Misdirected Mark is nominated for an ENnie! Visionary is supporting our brother site and podcast network, so please remember that voting opens at 10:00 AM on July 10th, 2016. I could not be more excited and happy for them! As always, I won’t go into Misdirected Mark here, but please tune in Tuesday for a Cutting Words review and the #Chatroom4Life at 8:45 PM!

What was your gaming week like? 

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In One Week | Changes

A lot can happen In One Weeka weekly article focusing on what gaming things interested or caught my attention in the past week. I will report on what happened in my world of gaming and give you a snapshot of what excited me in the gaming realm at large. How many games are you playing In One Week?

Please note there may be disruptions in the weekly schedules for In One Week and Cutting Words as I become a first-time parent. Thank you for your patience and understanding–and send all your comments to Alex!

What happened in gaming this week?

Where did my money go this week?

  • Patreon: Gaming and BS, Misdirected Mark, She’s a Super Geek, Talking TableTop
  • Technically we did not spend anything–read on. We parked near a FLGS for fireworks on Friday, but discovered that the store had closed permanently. Their display cases and other accoutrements were in and around the dumpster by the parking lot. So I grabbed some of the nice shelving units–maybe to use in my garage. I had visited that store less than two weeks ago and the owner was there behind the counter, a really nice gentleman. It is a pity.

What are my gaming highlights this week?

  • She’s a Super Geek was hilarious. What a great use of the D&D system to showcase interaction and exploration. It was really something to listen to by putting writers’ table thought into playing a scenario. Rich and Senda did a great job–including Senda’s continuous laughter–and Emily really gave them the freedom to lead the game, which many a DM would be unable or unwilling to do. Great work!
  • In Tyranny of Dragons, it took the party–minus one bard on vacation–two rounds to kill an adult white dragon on Monday, taking only 34 total points of damage in return. And the DM cheated again. While it was a pleasant session, I am still not pleased with the overall campaign…
  • I forgot to mention that we finished Assault of Maerimydra a couple Fridays ago. Again, I have problems with the pacing and mechanics of the module–which may be subject for Advantage to Insight in the future–but we did manage to barely complete the adventure. Overall, it took more than 14 hours to get through the module. Ridiculous.
  • I have tried very hard to overlook faults and change my opinion of a local gaming organization in the area, but recently I experienced another bad digital encounter with the organizers of the group. These people are certainly rude and unappreciative, both in person and online. There is a convention coming up that I originally volunteered for, but after that exchange, I may withdraw my support for the D&D Adventurers League events. No decisions while upset…
  • As always, I won’t go into Misdirected Mark here, but please tune in Tuesday for a Cutting Words review and the #Chatroom4Life at 8:45 PM!

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • My daughter is due to be born in 2 weeks, leaving me little to no time left for all the gaming projects I have lined up–from Advantage to Insight to module writing to campaign design. Looking back upon the past year of gaming, I am amazed to see the progression and changes that it has wrought. My life is very different than it was a year ago and it will change even still. And while I have no particular focus in this week’s article, I can feel something on the horizon–beyond lack of sleep–and it has put me in a hopeful mood, despite annoyances. The best DM is the one that constantly seeks to improve–in gaming as in life.

What was your gaming week like? 

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In One Week | Advantage to Insight

A lot can happen In One Weeka weekly article focusing on what gaming things interested or caught my attention in the past week. I will report on what happened in my world of gaming and give you a snapshot of what excited me in the gaming realm at large. How many games are you playing In One Week?

What happened in gaming this week?

Where did my money go this week?

  • Patreon: Gaming and BS, Misdirected Mark, She’s a Super Geek, Talking TableTop
  • Kickstarters are in! I actually forgot to mention that 7th Sea was released to backers on June 17th. I scrambled as fast as I could to download that. There was an update this past week with maps, character sheets, loads of goodies! Tuesday was the release of Savage Rifts to backers and the subsequent meltdown of Pinnacle’s website and bandwidth allowance for the decade. I wonder if they warned their service provider that it was launch day and not a Denial of Service attack…? Even though the PDF was later released through RPGNow.com, I waited (im)patiently for my non-watermarked copy direct from PEG. I showed you “database error”!
  • First, my business had a good income month. Second, a local FLGS had their annual weekend sale, starting Thursday. Put those together… aaand I may have gone a bit overboard. I actually went to the store twice, once on Thursday and once after getting home from a weekend getaway. Images below are the roleplaying games I added to my collection…

What are my gaming highlights this week?

  • I do not spend much time on Facebook, but that also means I sometimes miss really interesting announcements! Transformers: Combiner Wars is a complete surprise to me, both its mere existance and the fact that is being launched digital and social media first by Machinima, instead of a TV network. It looks pretty good, I am looking forward to it.
  • Look what’s in the T-shirt store! Heh.
  • My wife and I made our way into Buffalo to have lunch with Chris and Phil! I was great to meet Phil in-person for the first time and to have my wife meet the two people I spend Tuesday nights listening and laughing to. It was also hilarious to see the results of Chris’ bachelor party. I did have to explain to my wife that, no, Chris does not do drugs, he is just having a hangover. HAHAH! We did talk geek, but the guys were very accommodating to the non-gamer at the table. Thanks for a great lunch! As always, I won’t go into Misdirected Mark here, but please tune in Tuesday for a Cutting Words review and the #Chatroom4Life at 8:45 PM!

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • Advantage to Insight launched on last Tuesday! It was really exciting and terrifying to hear my voice on a podcast. Alex and I always have great gaming conversations and both of us are better talkers than writers, so it probably inevitable that we got behind the mics and said something. Now we have a logo design contest, a category on Misdirected Mark, and–heavens above–listeners! Chris told me the show got a bunch of downloads. Thank you all for listening! We are excited about the future of the show!

What was your gaming week like? 

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In One Week | Gamers and Friends

A lot can happen In One Weeka weekly article focusing on what gaming things interested or caught my attention in the past week. I will report on what happened in my world of gaming and give you a snapshot of what excited me in the gaming realm at large. How many games are you playing In One Week?

What happened in gaming this week?

Where did my money go this week?

What are my gaming highlights this week?

  • Podcast DEBT! Apologies everyone, I did listen to podcasts this week, but distractedly between meetings and appointments. I have no retention when I am mentally preparing to see clients. Please go listen to my favorites–see above–and give them some love.
  • Two separate and distinct people mentioned Matthew Colville to me this past week. Upon quick inspection, he is funny and informative–but mostly importantly, encouraging and positive. He is also direct and honest, as far as I have discovered. I only started skimming a few episodes, but I will be adding him into the rotation.
  • As always, I won’t go into Misdirected Mark here, but please tune in Tuesday for Cutting Words and the #Chatroom4Life at 8:45 PM with the Queen!

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • Not specifically gaming related, but four of my closest friends came over to help move and assemble furniture on Saturday. They all know each other through my wedding or other events, but they basically all met through me. I spoke with my wife about them afterwards–each of them I have found common interests through gaming. Some we play D&D together, another video games, yet another board games originally. I have met and have known them each for differing periods of time, from as recently as 2014 all the way back to 1988. However, each of them took time out of their schedules, away from kids or spouses, grabbed pizza and a drink, and helped me prepare for the coming addition to my family. I am pretty lucky to know a bunch of good gamers–and friends.

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In One Week | Podcast Jitters

A lot can happen In One Weeka weekly article focusing on what gaming things interested or caught my attention in the past week. I will report on what happened in my world of gaming and give you a snapshot of what excited me in the gaming realm at large. How many games are you playing In One Week?

Apologies for the delay, Sunday was taken up by baby preparations and a special project!

What happened in gaming this week?

Where did my money go this week?

What are my gaming highlights this week?

  • There is just something top notch about listening to TTT every week. I think perhaps I find Jim‘s voice both soothing and amusing. Adam Kobel is a great guest and he shared quite a lot about his history–as people are wont to do when talking to Jim–and had some great advice for people. He talked a lot and did not need to back peddle much from Jim’s surprise attack questions. Amazing interview, as always.
  • I find it hilarious how polarized Brett and Sean have become on their weekly topics–with Sean taking the bad cop position by default. However, they really give great counterpoint to the topics at hand. It is actually really impressive how they can take pretty random topics, speak about them even more randomly, then come to some sort of conclusion or closure that is satisfying to the audience. Also, Brett’s ability to come up with fourteen descriptions and scenarios off-the-cuff is great. We need a “Brett’s B.S. machine” for gaming tables when we need a name, metaphor, or to stall for time. Great episode as always gentlemen! Subject matter actually reminds me a lot that I want to give out powerful magic items–but I don’t want characters to use them. HAH!
  • As always, I won’t go into Misdirected Mark here, but please tune in Tuesday for Cutting Words and the #Chatroom4Life at 8:45 PM with the Queen!

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • It was a pretty exciting week as we decided to record our test session for a new podcast! I will not speak too much about it yet, but we have received some good feedback and positive comments already. Thank you to everyone who reached out to help us out with back end, preparation, sound, and topics. Stay tuned for more info!

What was your gaming week like? 

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In One Week | Everything Coming Up D&D

A lot can happen In One Weeka weekly article focusing on what gaming things interested or caught my attention in the past week. I will report on what happened in my world of gaming and give you a snapshot of what excited me in the gaming realm at large. How many games are you playing In One Week?

What happened in gaming this week?

Where did my money go this week?

What are my gaming highlights this week?

  • She’s a Super Geek and D&D–or the giggle monster returns, either one. Besides being fun entertainment, I do not think it matters if Senda and Emily are playing “crunchy” D&D or All Outta Bubblegum–the same silly, laughter, inanity, and crazy will occur and that is far from a bad thing. I do believe Rich Howard is stealing the show so far though!
  • I love when Jim McClure has D&D guests on the show. DM Mitch is really entertaining and his origin story is great! As Phil says, “McClure for the feels” each and every week. I also heard some advice from DM Mitch that I need to roll around in the brain before implementing in my own planning.
  • Brett and Sean put out another great episode this week. They really took the long route to get on topic, but nevertheless, I had some great takeaways to think about for my own campaign planning. It is always entertaining listening to them try to articulate what message they are trying to get across, but the organic way they finally zone is half the fun of tuning in! This week they talked about player engagement, but from a very different angle–and final conclusion–than I would have expected.
  • I finally managed a night with old board game friends and won two of three games. Back in the day it would be easier to attend nearly every week. Now… not so much.
  • As always, I won’t go into Misdirected Mark here, but please tune in Tuesday for Cutting Words and the #Chatroom4Life at 8:45 PM with the Queen!

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • Everything is coming up D&D lately, especially this past week! She’s a Super Geek dropped a D&D podcast, TTT had DM Mitch on, two tables of gamers turned out for D&D Adventurers League on Sunday, Wizards of the Coast had their official announcement for Storm King’s Thunder, and a couple players from the Monday night game are taking on the DM’s chair for new campaigns or designing one-shots. I even had a co-worker approach me to teach her “this D&D thing”. The D&D-verse is expanding I am am very happy to be part of it. This is not really news, but I just feel really great about where the game is now and the future it holds–for the roleplaying game industry and beyond. MORE D&D!

What was your gaming week like? 

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